Julie Pörksen joined the Lib Dems in order to help improve equality in Britain. With a diverse career working in countries from Peru to Yemen, on fair trade and workers’ rights to reproductive health, Julie is passionate about human rights. A Northumbrian teacher, she is concerned about the divides in today’s Britain between rich and poor, urban and rural and North and South. Julie believes access to quality education, health and transport services, homes and jobs should not be dependent on your background or where you live.
A Lib Dem campaigner for the last decade, Julie has fought campaigns against the Bedroom Tax, against charging for Post-16 transport and against closure of local health services. She stood in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections in the Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency.
Having grown up in rural Northumberland, the daughter of a sheep farmer, she has a strong understanding of the current challenges within rural communities and countryside and the serious risk to both should the UK leave the EU.
“We may be overlooked by Westminster, but in the North East we have pride in our jobs, in Nissan, our NHS, our universities, farming, tourism. Yet so many of these jobs depend on us being in Europe – our customers and colleagues from across the rest of Europe are vital to our future prosperity and well-being in the North East.
“I am Northumbrian, a Northerner and British, with a German father and eight different nationalities amongst my cousins. This illustrates the fantastic freedom Europe offers, to live, love, work, study, travel and trade across so many communities. I believe this freedom should be a fundamental human right for us as Europeans and want to ensure our next generation do not lose their rights.”